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Beyond Extravagance - A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels (2nd edition)

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Awakening a new understanding of the diverse tradition of Indian jewelry spanning four hundred years, the first edition of Beyond Extravagance in 2013 revealed for the first time the exceptional...

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Dr. Amin Jaffer is Chief Curator of The Al Thani Collection, an encyclopedic holding of some 6,000 works of art. Formerly International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s, and former Director of Asian Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr. Jaffer has authored a number of books, including Luxury Goods from India and Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India. He recently curated the exhibition From the Great Mughals to the Maharajas: Treasures from the Al Thani Collection at the Grand Palais in Paris, and he has also co-curated Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (2004) and Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts (2009-10).

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Page count

652 pages

Number of illustrations




Released on

November 2019


W 10.9 x L 14 x D 3.9 in

Cover materials

2 silk hardcover volumes in a luxury slipcase




15.43 lb

Edited by Dr. Amin Jaffer, texts by Dr. Robert Skelton, Michael Spink, Dr. Jack Ogden, Dr. Stephen Vernoit, Dr. Katherine Prior, Judy Rudoe, and Vivienne Becker

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Since its beginnings in 1994, Assouline has been dedicated to creating books that are as informational as they are beautiful works of art. The respect for the product and the process of creation is evident in every facet – the traditional technique of hand-binding covers, the imagery that transports the reader to another place and time, the luxurious thickness of each page.

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